Music is always playing in the background while we work, but certain songs are carefully curated for the design process. This is one of the songs that allows me to close my eyes, stop what I'm doing, and just breathe.Read More
When we have drudged through the design process, thick with problem solving and careful proportioning, songs like this propel us forward, into the labor intensive, active world of hand craftsmanship.Read More
This is one of those tracks that make it nearly impossible to focus on anything else.Read More
When I first heard these three songwriters singing in a packed little barn in Oregon, their raw talent and pure harmonizing voices gave me and the rest of the crowd the chills.Read More
The sound of New Orleans jazz swimming through the streets, the taste of a fried po boy, and time traveling a few decades back in time - the essence of CW Stoneking.Read More
This is the sort of song that just stops you in your tracks, drives a tingling sensation straight up your spine, and gently lays you down into a 3:39 mediation.Read More
Their sound reminds me of driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, the smell of salty air, and a golden sun warming up the ocean breeze.Read More
I have to admit that when I first heard Future Islands performing at Pickathon 2011, I did not know what to think. The singer, Samuel Herring, had a powerful theatrical performance on stage that was odd and sometimes disturbing, yet also mesmerizing. He would beat his chest and slap his face and pound the stage to emphasize certain lyrics or moments in the songs and get the crowd invested in the performance. I feel that his theatrics were intended to make the crowd feel less subconscious about dancing to the groups somewhat new and unique sound.
Future Islands' music is a mixture of 80's synth, 60's disco, and operatic vocals that combine to form such an intriguing and new sound, that I couldn't help but become entranced by it. The intense emotional depth of the lyrics and vocals of Herring are highlighted by the rather simple melodies expertly played by Gerrit Welmers on the keys and William Cashion on bass.
I'm extremely pleased to see them gaining the recognition they so rightfully deserve.